Hainsworth Protective Fabrics will be showcasing our full range of products at Interschutz 2022. Images supplied by Author / Contributor

Hainsworth Protective Fabrics – Returning to Interschutz 2022

After a longer-than-planned break, Hainsworth Protective Fabrics are excited to be returning to Interschutz in 2022. Interschutz provides a forum for firefighters worldwide to come together, share their experiences and explore the…

The world is changing… are we?

I am extremely proud, honoured and humbled to write this comment as the newly appointed Chief Fire Officer for the Cayman Islands Fire Service.  June 2022 is the first Interschutz for seven years and my first visit to Hannover. I…

Haztec – Innovative range of emergency vehicle warning equipment

After the seven-year gap since the last Interschutz in Hannover, British manufacturer Haztec International returns with many innovative additions to its range of emergency vehicle warning equipment.  For over 20 years, the manufacturer has been a major supplier to the…

Little Rock Fire Department 

The Little Rock Fire Department proudly serves the citizens and visitors of the City of Little Rock and the State of Arkansas. Little Rock, Arkansas’s capital city, is the state’s largest municipality, with a population of approximately 210,000 people. The…

MD Esa Peltola at the Vema factory presenting the wide range of aerial platforms. Images supplied by Author / Contributor

Nordic Rescue Group – Valuing good customer relations and high-quality products

A wind of change is blowing through Nordic Rescue Group, a corporation specializing in rescue vehicles. Established in 2020, NRG recently appointed Esa Peltola as its new CEO. Earlier this year the company became Europe’s biggest in its field operating…

PBI LP – Increases protection and reduces weight

PBI Performance Products is renowned for creating new standards of performance and protection that are recognised worldwide. An unwavering commitment to research and innovation has kept the company at the forefront of firefighter protection for almost 40 years.  PBI’s LP…

Hose Master – One important tool in creating a Clean Fire Station

Technical solutions are available to support the ‘Clean Fire Station’ operating principle. The Hose Master unit for washing hoses provides even safer and more efficient hose maintenance. The washing, drying and pressurising of fire hoses has traditionally been slow and…

Reducing PFAS levels in firefighters by blood and plasma donation
Historically firefighters have been occupationally exposed to perfluoroalkyl substances such as PFOS, PFHxS and PFOA in AFFF firefighting foams. Many have subsequently been found to have high blood levels of these PFAS molecules. A recent landmark study1 has shown that…
BlowHard Fans – PPV – big where it counts

Positive pressure ventilation (PPV) has been a common and growing practice throughout the fire industry worldwide. Over the past few years PPV fans powered by batteries have grown substantially in popularity, and with it a host of claimed benefits from…

Environmentally friendly and efficient firefighting foam solutions used in low, medium and high expansion. Images supplied by Author / Contributor

BIOEX – Pioneers in fluorine-free foams

Fluorine-Free Foam (FFF) technology is not new to BIOEX. For more than 20 years, BIOEX has been committed to offering a safe alternative to PFAS-containing foams for firefighters. In 2002, BIOEX launched ECOPOL: the first Class A/B efficient fluorine-free foam…

S-GARD firefighter protective clothing – United for safety

S-GARD is the leading supplier of modern, high-quality protective clothing for firefighters in the German-speaking countries. We develop robust and durable firefighting clothing so that firefighters are optimally protected and can deliver the best possible performance during their operations. Our…

How the south of France is tackling forest fires

Marta Azevedo Silva, the Communication and Press Manager at European Emergency Number Association (EENA), recently caught up with Colonel Pierre Bépoix, Deputy Chief of Department, Bouches-du-Rhône Fire and Rescue Service (SDIS 13), France to investigate how Bouches-du-Rhône tackles forest fire…

Advanced hybrid firefighting solutions for major fire hazards

Firefighting technology is constantly advancing. This case study illustrates the latest technology in mobile firefighting equipment developed by FireDos for class B high hazard fire scenario applications, including tank storage facilities, refineries and other oil and petrochemical related industrial fires.…

Emergency One UK – Returning to Interschutz with a splash 

The UK’s largest manufacturer of fire and rescue vehicles will be attending what is considered the industry’s most important trade show, Interschutz in Hannover on 20–25 June. Managing Director of Emergency One Mike Madsen confirmed: ‘It is essential that we…

800 LPM foam pump driven by a water turbine. Images supplied by Author / Contributor

Trident Emergency Products – Innovation for a changing world

For over two decades Trident Emergency Products has created innovative, high-quality products for the fire service industry. Part of our culture is fast delivery and professional support services for our ever-changing world fire industry. Trident has an extensive product range…

Floodfighters Masterclass 2022 – The all-hazards approach to major floods and incident intelligence

Professional Rescue, supported by International Life Saving (ILS) and International Fire Chiefs Association (IAFC), is organising another unique ‘Floodfighters Masterclass 2022’ this Summer in the USA at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Indiana from 17 to 23 July 2022. The facilitators…

Well prepared for the heat of the moment
In the harbour of Rotterdam you will find the unique and realistic training centre of RelyOn Nutec Fire Academy. Public and industrial firefighters from all over the world come to this centre to train as they fight. History and organisation…
Antarctic Fire Angels: let’s get training!

Even though we’ve been preparing for the Antarctic the last few years, unfortunately we’ve had many plans scuppered by Covid, which included moving back the expedition to the next year. However, with that said it’s been very much ‘GO GO…

A true revised mindset on vehicle rescue and extrication

In looking over my career in emergency services, both as a provider and as an educator, involved with vehicle rescue, much of the tool evolutions or the methodology of how we have made space to disentangle injured vehicle occupants has…

INTERSCHUTZ 2022. Images supplied by Author / Contributor

INTERSCHUTZ – Showcasing solutions facing the challenges of our times

From 20 to 25 June 2022, the topics at INTERSCHUTZ in Hannover, Germany, will revolve around those of firefighting, rescue, civil protection and safety/security. The economic, ecological and political challenges of our times make this flagship fair an important driver…

Tools to help responders to do their work safely

In my first article I wrote about my project and dream to establish ‘one’ uniform standardized global way of providing information for first and second responders, regardless of technology, means of transport… so that they can do their job safely…

New Fire Rescue boats for east and west coasts of Florida

MetalCraft Marine recently delivered two high-profile Fire Rescue boats to the east and west coasts of Florida, weeks apart. The exclusive communities of Ocean Reef in Largo Key and Boca Grande on Boca Grande Island both selected MetalCraft Fire Interceptors…

Donations – An Essential Guide

Firefighters around the world may share a common commitment, but they don’t all have the resources to get the job done.  To address this issue, Emergency Services personnel from developing nations often reach out to departments in the Global North…

The transitioning to fluorine-free foams

You know that Aqueous Film-Forming Foams (AFFF) have been used for decades in the fire service. In the United States, the transition over to fluorine-free firefighting foams is now occurring.  ‘The delay in taking action appears to have been caused…

Fire Lion Global – Foam pump solutions, large and small, 100% made in the USA

Fire Lion Global is the premier industry leader in supplying UL Listed and FM Approved positive displacement pumps for the foam concentrate and watermist fire-protection markets.  Flammable liquids and special hazards are a global concern in today’s working environments. Fire…

TEXPORT and Interschutz – A close connection

Why are Texport attending Interschutz 2022? After a whole seven-year hiatus, the leading global trade show, INTERSCHUTZ will be held in Hannover again starting on 20 of June. Normally the event is held at intervals of five years, but, due…

Expect building failure – firefighters must always expect and plan for worst-case scenarios

Fires in residential high-rise buildings present tremendous challenges to firefighters, where inappropriate structural design, construction omissions and poor maintenance lead to widespread systemic failure. However, firefighters are now facing even greater challenges in these buildings due to more recent shifts…

A world first for Land’s End Airport

Land’s End Airport Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) in Cornwall have taken delivery of the first Toyota Hilux 6×6 aviation, rescue and firefighting vehicle. Based on a purpose-built Prospeed 6×6 chassis with a Terberg DTS Fire & Rescue ‘TACR 4’…

Growing better responses to behavioural health

The duties we’re called to perform require our responders to step in front of traumatic scenes. Despite our resolve, these experiences can put down roots in our crew. Planting proactive resources for managing behavioural health and reacting compassionately to people…

ADALIT – Innovative lighting solutions

ADALIT is a well-known and established international brand, designed and manufactured by Adaro Tecnología S.A. at its headquarters in Spain. The company produces and delivers fit-for-purpose intrinsically safe smart lighting solutions targeted at an extremely demanding work environment. To remain…

Electric vehicle fires on ships

Key points: ν If Felicity Ace enforced similar guidelines to other carriers, requiring EVs to be carried at less than 50% state of charge, are we just seeing modern vehicles burning without the additional fire intensity seen with EV lithium-ion…

Training to be more fit for duty

Ask four different firefighters what it means to be fit for duty and you might get four different answers. One might state that it would mean that you were able to pass the department physical exam. Another might answer the…

Renz GmbH – High-quality and efficient positive pressure ventilation systems

Firefighting and rescue services are the focus of the owner-managed Renz GmbH in Eppertshausen near Frankfurt am Main. By means of demand-oriented consulting, high quality and efficiency of the products is guaranteed. The innovative Typhoon positive pressure ventilation systems enable…

Waterous Company – Fire pumps, foam and CAFSystems

Waterous Company, a world leader in firefighting equipment, has been manufacturing products in South St. Paul, Minnesota for over 136 years. Since its humble beginnings, Waterous has continued to develop revolutionary products for firefighting and industrial applications. From constructing the…

Thermal imaging: breaking down the scan – Part 3

Thus far, we have learned how to properly interpret thermal data during a scan, we have learned how to conduct a scan during size-up, and now we will complete this series by explaining how to scan the interior environment. These…

SAMFlows – Safe, intelligent and efficient water-flow operations

IDEX Fire & Safety introduces SAMFlows, a sophisticated total water-flow control system that manages all critical aspects of a fire engine’s pump, tank, inlets and discharges, showcasing at the INTERSCHUTZ trade fair. Recognising the challenges that crews face on the…

Hydrogen – the safety challenges of a cleaner future
As the world moves away from fossil fuels, hydrogen has become attractive as a clean alternative. It is already a vital component in our economies and has been used for centuries in many industrial applications, such as power station cooling…
Trench rescue: low-frequency but high-hazard incidents

Trench rescue incidents thankfully do not occur on a regular basis, but when they do occur, how prepared are our emergency responders in dealing with them? Trench rescues by their nature are very complex and have the potential to rapidly…

Experience training with LION ChimerX – Practical training while providing a real learning experience

At LION, we believe that training should be as practical as possible while providing a real learning experience. We deliver training solutions for all types of first responders: fire brigades, police, army, naval forces, airports, petrochemical industry, maritime industry, oil…

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